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Gordon Shumway
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I rosin my bow about once a week nowadays, partly to avoid the habit of over-rosining, but yesterday I felt it needed some, and the nearest to hand was some Hill dark (mostly I've been using Royal Oak and similar dark amber type stuff), and the sound was immediately beautiful, but it seemed to wear off after an hour. Anyone else find that with Hill or dark rosins?

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I have been using darks for awhile now. The brands I use don't seem to be wearing away that quickly. Maybe I don't play as much as you.

One other factor that might be involved is how many passes on the cake. Some are fine with just two. I had a luthier tell me to do six passes every time I rosined. In attempting to read between the lines it seems that I can maybe get away with more passes on a dark?

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Dark resins are stickier. They should require fewer passes and stay on the bow longer than light resins.

I used to use Hill Dark, and for me, three or four passes over the rosin cake would be good for at least 6 hours of playing. For comparison, I currently use Jade, which I think sounds better and gives me a quicker response, but I need to re-rosin after only two hours of playing.

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One thought: how long has it been since your last rehair?

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My bow is effectively as new.

If 3 or 4 passes last you 6 hours, then perhaps I never rosin my bow often enough. I can try more often. But I've got a lesson tomorrow. I'll see what teach says.

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However, my playing still varies wildly from day to day, and yesterday may have been a fluke. Today, more rosin but not as good. However I have confirmed that I still prefer my Col Legno Standard to my DeLille hybrid, in particular for pianissimo playing. The lettering is rubbing off the Col Legno - I must find a way to mark it to distinguish it from the cheap Chinese copy/-ies  I have!

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AndrewH said
One thought: how long has it been since your last rehair?

  

Judging from the look of him I'd say he's fine for awhile yet.wink

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starise said

AndrewH said

One thought: how long has it been since your last rehair?

  

Judging from the look of him I'd say he's fine for awhile yet.wink

  

laugh

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